SMITH MOUNTAIN AND BEAR CREEK 12M 2,900G

Join us on this beautiful hike to Smith Mountain and a lunch retreat to a lovely creek.

First we will meet at Highway 39 and Smith Mountain Trailhead. We will hike 3 miles to Smith Saddle then head up and tackle the top of Smith Mountain, one half mile up and 800 feet of elevation gain. Next we will head down the east side of the saddle into Bear Creek Canyon in the San Gabriel Wilderness for about 2.5 miles where we will have lunch. Then we will return home the same way we came.

The views from Smith Mountain are breathtaking. To the south, the San Gabriel Mountains taper off toward the San Gabriel Valley. To the west Bear Creek Canyon is cradled by Twin Peaks and Mount Waterman. Mount Islip rises to the north beyond a neighboring summit on the ridge north of Smith Saddle. Mount Hawkins looms to the northeast, and to the east is the most recognizable high peak, Mount Baldy.

Bring: The weather may be warm so please bring at least 2-3 liters of water, snacks, lunch, a hat, poles if you use them, sunscreen and your ten essentials.

WE ARE NOT PROFESSIONAL LEADERS OR HIKERS.  WE ARE JUST INVITING YOU TO JOIN US ON THIS HIKE.  PLEASE KNOW YOUR OWN LIMITATIONS AS HIKING CAN BE A DANGEROUS ACTIVITY AND BY COMING ALONG YOU AGREE TO HOLD THE GROUP, ITS LEADERS AND MEMBERS HARMLESS OF ANY LIABILITY FROM ANY MISHAP THAT YOU MAY INCUR.  YOU AGREE TO BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS SHOULD A MISHAP OCCUR.

 


 

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  • Jose D A.

    Thanks Keith, as tough as it was I still enjoyed myself. Great group
    To hike with too...

    July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      David. It was so good to see you today. Like you I had a good time even though I got a royal butt kicking out there today. And yes, a nice group of really great hikers today.

      July 13, 2013

  • Joe H.

    Thanks you Keith for hosting this hike, and a big thanks you to all I'd hike with today..had a fantastic time on the trail.

    July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good to meet you Joe! Thanks for setting a great pace and all the great pictures. The watermelon at the Peak was wonderful. Hope to hike with you again soon!

      July 13, 2013

    • Cynthia G

      Great photos Joe.. Thank you also for the watermelon. It was a great treat on top.

      July 13, 2013

  • tanner z.

    Hi Keith

    Thanks everyone today and really enjoy the great team.

    Thanks

    July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Tanner. We did have a great TEAM today! Hope to hike with you again soon!

      July 13, 2013

  • tanner z.

    thanks for nice pictures. smile on our face always.

    July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Tanner. Yes, everyone's pictures tell the story of a fun day by all! Hope you upload your pictures too!

      July 13, 2013

  • Cynthia G

    Thanks Keith for organizing this hike. It pushed us to some limits for sure, but we DID it! I enjoyed hiking with the 'guys' today!

    July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Well said Cynthia. We Did It! Great to see you today.

      July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      And...your pictures are GREAT! : )

      July 13, 2013

  • Joe H.

    SMITH MOUNTAIN AND BEAR CREEK 12M 2,900G-Adventures Unlimted

    Saturday, July 13,[masked]:00 AM

    Smith Mountain Trailhead
    Highway 39, Azusa, CA (map)

    -A short clip of going up to Smith Mountain..one half mile up and 800 feet of elevation gain.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeJB8Vg1wMA

    1 · July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Nice Video Joe, thanks for sharing!

      July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you to those that attended this fun, challenging and scenic hike today! Thanks for all of the awesome pictures you shared! Cynthia, thank you for the Banana, it stopped my leg cramps! Joe, the Watermelon was marvelous at the peak, and the water after the hike was very nice! I drank over 4 liters of liquid and finished the hike pretty much dehydrated. Was 96 degrees at the trail head when we finished. Tanner, the tomato and help on the way up from Bear Creek was very appreciated. David and Steve, you set a really good pace, thanks! From now on this will be a Winter Hike, lol

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Crazy hard hike today...more to come as soon as my body un-cramps...lol

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • George

    Sorry to cancel the last minute, but I have a family imergency.

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone. I am excited to do this hike tomorrow and see you all. Its a really fun hike and great workout. Please read the map carefully. In the past some have mistakenly taken the bridge over to the east fork. Don't make that mistake. Just stay on Highway 39 until you reach the trail head. There is a bathroom and parking area at the trail head. Please plan for a little extra driving time and arrive early. : )

    2 · July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Weather Forecast for tomorrow looks perfect! Sunny, with a high near 80. Light northwest wind becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. National Weather Service Forecast click link. http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=34.2872679&lon=-117.84268839999999&site=all&smap=1&searchresult=San%20Gabriel%20Canyon%20Road%2C%20Angeles%20National%20Forest%2C%20Azusa%2C%20CA%2091702%2C%20USA#.UeDF2G1lgys

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • Joe S.

    Anybody carpooling from Orange?

    July 4, 2013

    • Mara

      Darn, looks like I lost my carpoolers. Can I carpool with anyone from Orange County?

      July 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry you cant make it Mara. Its never good when people back out of car pools. Hope to see you again soon.

      July 12, 2013

  • Mara

    Sorry I guess I can't make it. Have fun, weather should be nice and cool.

    July 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry you cant make it Mara. Its never good when people back out of car pools. Hope to see you again soon.

      July 12, 2013

  • tanner z.

    Hi ED

    Take care. really want to meet you there.

    1 · July 11, 2013

    • Ed [.

      Nice hike to Baldy today, Tanner.

      July 11, 2013

  • Ed [.

    Sorry Keith but will not be attending the hike on Saturday -- went on a hike to Mt. Baldy today and wrenched my knee on the way down; "Wanna" give it a rest... Will connect with y'all on another hike some other day...

    July 11, 2013

  • Jeffrey N.

    is any one car pooling from or near Moreno Valley?

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just updated the map to the trailhead.

    July 10, 2013

  • Bryon

    Looks like I'll be working on Saturdays through out the summer.

    July 8, 2013

  • Jeffrey N.

    is any one carpooling from the IE? Moreno valley?

    July 8, 2013

  • Ivana

    I'm also looking for carpool from OC. Thank you!

    July 8, 2013

  • Ed [.

    Anyone who would like to carpool at least from downtown Azusa to the trailhead -- we could connect at the city parking lot on the NE corner of Azusa Ave./Foothill BL.(which turns into highway 39, as I understand it.)...

    July 6, 2013

    • Joe H.

      Okay, I'd see a parking lot across from the Wells Fargo Bank building through Google map..

      July 7, 2013

    • Ed [.

      Sounds good.

      July 7, 2013

  • Cynthia G

    Sounds like a lot of fun!

    June 24, 2013

  • Joe H.

    parking require a parking pass--adventure pass?? Thanks you...

    June 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good question. Yes, Adventure parking pass required.

      June 22, 2013

  • Ed [.

    Looking forward to it, Keith!

    June 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It will be great to see and hike with you again Ed!

      1 · June 21, 2013

    • Ed [.

      Likewise, Keith -- look forward to this new hike I have not been on and to a different "crew"!

      June 21, 2013

  • Janae C

    This looks fun! I'll check back on this one as the time gets closer.

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! That is a nice hike!

    June 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      LISA! So happy you are coming and it will be great to hike with you again. It is a fun hike!

      June 20, 2013

  • VINCENT V.

    Sorry Keith, I'll miss this good one. Camping with Kids.

    June 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry too Vincent but happy you are having good time with family. See you soon!

      June 20, 2013

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